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Maki Isaka, Faculty Fellow, Spring 2007

Maki Isaka (Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, College of Liberal Arts)
Project title: “Gender and Onnagata (Actors of Female Impersonation in Kabuki Theater)”

Based on her discussions with other IAS fellows, Maki Isaka refined her conceptualization of such notions as “imitation” and “usage of body.” She made a presentation at the Asian Literatures, Cultures, and Media (ALCM) Workshop of the department of Asian Languages and Literatures (“Body, Flesh, and Mind and Kabuki Texts: A Preliminary Analysis of Nanba and Ningyô-buri”), presented a paper at the 2007 Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies (“‘Exit Woman Onnagata’: New Gender Economy of Twentieth-Century Kabuki Theater”), published “Women Onnagata in the Porous Labyrinth of Femininity: On Ichikawa Kumehachi I” in U.S.-Japan Women’s Journal (30-31) 105-31, and submitted the final revision of “Images of Onnagata: Complicating the Binarisms, Unraveling the Labyrinth,” which will appear in PostGender: Gender, Sexuality and Performativity in Japanese Culture ed. Ayelet Zohar, 2009, Cambridge Scholars Press.

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